Evidence-based management of patients with Colles’ fractures in emergency departments: a case-based critical reflection
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Evidence-based management of patients with Colles’ fractures in emergency departments: a case-based critical reflection

Rebecca Chessum Deputy sister, Emergency department, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, England
Nathan Humphries Emergency physiotherapist practitioner, Emergency department, Heartlands Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England
Rob Fenwick Advanced clinical practitioner, Emergency department, Heartlands Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England

Distal forearm fractures are a common presentation in UK emergency departments (EDs). However, despite the frequency of this presentation there is considerable variation in management, which may reflect the lack of definitive evidence to support one method. This article provides a narrative review of the literature on these injuries and provides an evidence-based approach to how they can be managed by ED clinicians. The review was prompted by a case-based critical reflection and Driscoll’s (2007) model what, so what, now what, is used to structure the article and learning.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1868

Citation

Chessum R, Humphries N, Fenwick R (2018) Evidence-based management of patients with Colles’ fractures in emergency departments: a case-based critical reflection. Emergency Nurse. doi:10.7748/en.2018.e1868

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

robfenwickrn@googlemail.com

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 04 December 2018

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